Sinigang na Ulo ng Salmon (Salmon Head in Tamarind Soup)

Sinigang na Ulo ng Salmon (Salmon Head in Tamarind Soup)
Sinigang na Ulo ng Salmon (Salmon Head in Tamarind Soup)

Hello October! I was going to say ‘hi’ to you yesterday with this tasty and healthy Salmon Head Sinigang but for some reason we didn’t have an internet connection — no connection from 9am onwards!

So I’m officially saying ‘hello’ to you today.

I believe you already know how much I love Sinigang cause it says so on my ‘meet me‘ profile up there. If you’re gonna ask why, well, for me it’s the most comforting dish. It has this sour soup which, when you slurp when hot, fills you up with warmth. Not the kind that a hug or a sweater can give you, the kind that reaches your heart and soul. The kind of warmth that you feel when it’s stormy and cold outside yet you feel safe and secure at home with loved ones.

Sinigang is one of the most common household dishes and a favorite of my daughter as well. We usually cook pork, beef and fish using tamarind soup mix, tamarind, guava, or kamias as souring agent.

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Sinigang na Ulo ng Salmon (Salmon Head in Tamarind Soup)

For Fish Sinigang, we either use Milkfish and Maya-Maya Head.  It’s our first time to make Salmon Head Sinigang at home. It was being sold at the market for ₱120 (around $2.80) per kilo which is really a cheap price for salmon, if you ask me.

Fish heads are frequently used in Asian dishes because it’s cheaper and more tasty. It packs a whole lot of flavor specially when cooked in sauce, with gravy, or  into soup.

If you’re not used to eating fish heads, it might freak you out but Salmon Head Sinigang is one of the must-try Filipino dishes!


Sinigang na Ulo ng Salmon (Salmon Head in Tamarind Soup)

  • Author: Peachy Adarne


  • 2 fresh salmon heads, cleaned and cut into pieces
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 white onion, chopped
  • 1 knob ginger, sliced
  • 1 tomato, quartered
  • 1 packet tamarind soup mix (I used Knorr Sinigang Mix)
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 white radish, sliced
  • 5 pcs okra, cut in half
  • 1 bunch mustard leaves
  • 1 bunch Kangkong leaves
  • 3/4 cup miso
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce


  1. Heat oil in a large pot. Sauté onion and tomatoes until onion becomes translucent.
  2. Put in Salmon head and lightly fry in oil for3 minutes.
  3. Pour in water and add tamarind soup mix. Mix well.
  4. Add the radish.
  5. Bring to a boil and simmer for 5 minutes.
  6. Add the okra and miso, mix well. Season with fish sauce if needed.
  7. Add mustard leaved and kangkong leaves, simmer for a few seconds and turn off heat.
  8. Serve hot with steamed rice.

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36 Responses

  1. This is one dish that I have not tried; yet I do love fish soup; so I think I would like this soup too.
    You have given this a beautiful description and it sounds wonderful. It would not freak me out at all. Blessings, Catherine

  2. I really don’t know how to eat the fish head but my mom is great at it. I just know that it’s where most of the flavor comes from and is best for cooking soups such as this.

  3. Ito ang isa sa mga bagay na namiss ko sa pinas. Naimagine ko tuly ang lutong bahay ng nanay ko at ang mainit na sabaw ng tinolang isada at manok. Now, if you’ll excuse me I got to hit the kitchen right now.

  4. As usual, natakam na naman ako sa post mo. I don’t eat pork nowadays and this post made me crave for salmon head. Sana lang I can get this fresh from the supermarket. Wala nito sa palengke namin.

    I miss you, mare! Hope to bump into you pretty soon!

  5. Now’s the best time to relearn how to cook sinigang, especially this one because it’s Nanay’s favorite (and she gets tired when cooking, even if she’s sitting). Thank you for sharing your recipe! 🙂

  6. I know it’s normal everywhere else, but I’ve always had an issue eating something that is staring back at me…

  7. My sister used to make this too but sometimes Salmon fish is expensive. I agree that it tastes really delicious and its healthier compared to beef and pork. Great recipe! 🙂

  8. Wow! This is one of my favorite salmon dishes. 🙂 Thanks for sharing the recipe mommy. Never tried to cook it myself.. lagi lang ako nakikikain hahaha. 😀

  9. My husband doesn’t share my taste for large fish heads, haha, and I tell him he’s missing so much! One of my favorite sinigang variation is one used with another’s big fish’s head (name’s on tip of my tongue but it just won’t push out!) I eat the whole thing, eyes and all.

  10. Palagi to nirerequest sakin ng mga co teachers ko. Kahit di po ako kumakain nito nasasarapan naman sila sa luto ko ? Hays namiss ko tuloy sila ?

  11. one of my inlaws favorite to cook..ngaun nlng din po ako nkakain ng salmon head sinigang nung ng asawa ko..kc kila nanay ko hindi nglluto ng gnyan .pero natikman ko xa nasarapan po ako kc ung linamnam nya at asim masarao higupin ang sabaw..buti po 120 lng yon price dito po 200..sarap po nyan lalo na at malamig n ang panahon..

  12. Ang sarap, miss ko na to. My father’s favorite lagi niyang niluluto now hindi na since na stroke siya.

  13. Never kopa po natikamn itO momsh. Mukhang masaraap. Ansarap magsabaw?

  14. Wow ma ang sarap naman nyan at madali oang lutuin gusyo ko subukan yang sinigang na salmon sobrang sarap.

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I'm a foodie mommy living in the Philippines. I'm a mom to two daughters named PURPLE SKYE and PERIWINKLE MOONE and wife to a loving husband I fondly call peanutbutter♥. I am a foodie by heart, a coffee lover and a froyo and yogurt junkie. Learn more →






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